MA Funding Opportunities, UCD School of Philosophy

The closing date for receipt of the completed online applications to the MA programmes and the scholarships is 1 July 2019.   

University College Dublin School of Philosophy is pleased to announce a number  MA Scholarships and Entrance Awards:

MA Scholarships and Entrance Awards

1. MA Entrance Awards 

The UCD School of Philosophy accepts applications to its taught MA Programme. The School offers taught one-year MAs in: 

Philosophy (General Programme)

Continental (Contemporary European) Philosophy

Consciousness and Embodiment

Philosophy and Literature

Philosophy and Public Affairs

Ethics: Theory and Practice  

Up to four competitive entrance awards ​of €1000 will be offered to students who have been admitted to the MA Programme. In the academic year 2019-20 priority will be given to MA Programme applicants in Contemporary European Philosophy and Ethics: Theory and Practice. To avail of these scholarships candidates should apply to their chosen MA course using the online application system here. Applicants for the MA Programme will be automatically considered for a School of Philosophy MA Entrance Award. 

2. Newman Scholarships 

The UCD School of Philosophy is pleased to announce two MA scholarships for students wishing to enrol on the MA in Philosophy (General Programme) and to write their minor dissertation on an aspect of the work or legacy of John Henry Newman. John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was a leading intellectual, religious thinker, philosopher and literary figure whose works include The Idea of a University (1852), An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent (1870), and Apologia Pro Vita Sua (1864). Newman was the founder of the Catholic University of Ireland that led to the establishment of University College Dublin. 

The scholarships will provide a significant contribution to the cost of tuition fees (minimum 50% and up to a possible 100%).  Scholarships are open to Irish, EU and International applicants. The scholarships are endowed by the Newman Foundation. 

Before making an application to the Newman MA Scholarship please apply online to the MA in Philosophy (General Programme). In addition to formally applying for admission, applicants are requested to email a brief description of their interest in Newman's work and the MA project they wish to undertake to the Graduate Administrator, Gillian Johnston, at 

Past Scholarship Recipients

2014-2015 Nora Sullivan and Ulysses Ryan Flynn
2015-2016 Ross Ferrara and Christopher DuPee
2017-2018 Dhanya Raghavan and John Rogers

About UCD School of Philosophy 

The UCD School of Philosophy is Ireland’s largest Philosophy department, with well-developed, internationally recognized clusters of research and teaching in:

  • Contemporary European Philosophy (German Idealism, Phenomenology, Critical Theory, Contemporary French Philosophy)
  • Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy and Feminist Theory
  • History of Philosophy – including Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern and Modern
  • American Philosophy (Pragmatism, classical and contemporary: Quine, Sellars, Davidson, Brandom and Putnam)
  • Philosophy of Mind and Action (including Cognitive Science)
  • Analytic Metaphysics (including Philosophy of Time, Metaphysics of Modality, Mereology, Ontology, and Metametaphysics)
  • Buddhist Philosophy

The UCD School of Philosophy is ranked in the top 100 Philosophy departments in the world in the QS subject rankings and No. 1 in the island of Ireland. We offer a very lively culture of collaborative research activity, invited speaker seminars, international conferences, and workshops. The School hosts two major research centres, in Ethics (The Centre for Ethics and Public Life) and in Religion (The Newman Centre for the Study of Religion). Interested applicants should feel free to directly contact potential supervisors in their area of research – a list of Faculty can be found here or direct their enquiries, in the first instance, to the Graduate Administrator, 

The School has an exceptionally vibrant culture of research activity. Activities include the Agnes Cuming and the Royal Institute of Philosophy annual lectures, bringing world-leading philosophers to UCD; fortnightly invited speaker seminars, large-scale international conferences and thematic workshops, weekly discussion groups and reading groups, postgraduate conferences and workshops organised by students. The International Journal of Philosophical Studies and the postgraduate journal Perspectives are edited from the School and offer graduate students the opportunity to learn about publishing in and editing peer reviewed academic journals. We foster a friendly and open atmosphere where students and staff regularly interact and exchange ideas in discussion groups and coffee mornings. We also encourage and assist students to apply to the Irish Research Council for postgraduate scholarships. There are close links with the PhD programme of  Department of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). PhD students can take modules offered in Trinity and they hold joint work in progress seminars and an annual graduate conference.

For more information on members of faculty at UCD and their research interests see:

For more information on the Graduate Programmes at UCD see:       


MA Funding Opportunities outside the UCD School of Philosophy

Students are also encouraged to explore opportunities with outside funding agencies.  The information below relates to some of the more widely available sources, but is by no means exhaustive.

  1. UCD International- scholarships available specifically for international students
  2. Student Universal Support Ireland- grants for fees for Irish resident students (means-tested).

              a) Scholarships for past UCD Study Abroad students from outside the European Union (non-EU).
              b) Scholarships for students who graduated from member universities of Universitas 21
              c) Scholarships for students from specific countries

International students are also encouraged to explore funding schemes in their home countries.